In March, the BBSRC strategically-funded Babraham Institute marked 20 years of its highly successful Schools' Day event by inviting guests from industry, charity and public sector bodies to join students and teachers in a day of science projects, talks and tours.
Guests heard about research at the Institute and its Science and Society Programme from Institute Director, Professor Michael Wakelam, and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Linden Smith. Linden shared the news that, in the last three years, the Institute's public engagement programme has reached nearly 30,000 people. According to Linden, "Scientists working at the Babraham Institute play a vital role in supporting public engagement activities. Schools' Day is a flagship event and the chance for us to display our science programmes in a way that is both relevant and exciting for visitors."
With 22 laboratory-based projects showcasing the world-leading research of the Babraham Institute and projects including 'What is the difference between a muscle stem cell and a muscle fibre', 'Gene regulation in stem cells' and 'Molecular biology – the cut and paste of biology', it was no wonder students commented that "[they] liked talking to scientists and finding out about the work they do" and "[hearing about] the range of different careers in science."
Speaking about the event Professor Wakelam commented, "This has been another incredibly successful day, since we started Schools' Day in 1994, we have welcomed over 2,000 students onto site. This year we were able to hear from new audiences and get their thoughts on what we could do differently. There were lots of great ideas, the most exciting of which is the suggestion to invite other Babraham Research Campus companies to get involved in Schools' Day".
Watch this space!